Poirot, Agatha Christie’s 2.06 Disappearance of Mr Davenheim, The (1990)
Mr. Matthew Davenheim, a merchant banker, disappears on his way to the Post Office one evening leaving behind a distraught wife and a convenient suspect in a rival banker. Japp is on the case but foolishly wagers that Poirot cannot solve it without leaving his apartment.
Great fun but Kenneth Colley’s distinctive face clues the audience in way before it should. Writer David Renwick would take the magic-themed mystery and turn it into a successful TV series of his own on BBC with “Jonathan Creek”.
+ Hastings: “I’d still like to know what the colour of Lowen’s trousers has got to do with anything.”
+ Delivery Man: “Morning Sir. I’ve got a parrot for Mr. Poy-rot.” Poirot, pleasantly: “No, no no. Pwow-oh. It is pronounced Pwow-oh.” Delivery Man, mortified: “Oh, beg your pardon Guvnor. I’ve got a Poirot for Mr. Poy-rot.”